Strachan eyes Wheater deal

Boro look to tie down central defender

Wheater: New deal?

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Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan is to offer David Wheater a new contract.

The Scottish tactician has been impressed with the central defender since taking charge.

His current deal expires at the end of next season and if, as expected, Boro failed to get into the play-offs - he has insisted he would be more than happy to stay.

And now Strachan is hoping he can persuade Wheater to prolong his deal at the Riverside.

"We will do everything that anybody could do to keep David here," confirmed Strachan.

"I'd rather get it sorted out right away, rather than have the situation we've endured this year, where we've had six or seven contracts up.

"But I can understand that, with the club not really knowing where they are going financially.

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"I like working with David and there is a lot more to develop with him.

"I like having him in my team and having him about the place. He is a good influence. We are seeing him back to form now, which is good.

"But, like everything else, it is a financial decision.

"I love these quotes where I read players saying 'they don't really want me that much', when what they are really saying is 'the club aren't offering me what I want.' They measure how much they are loved in pound notes.

"I've seen it happen at clubs where players are unhappy because they are offered £80,000 per week and they wanted £100,000.

"But David has a fantastic affinity for Middlesbrough.

We'd like to see him here."